Morbidelli will be out at Assen and his bike will be carried by Gerloff

The Italian is injured in his left knee and according to his team, the possibility of undergoing surgery to operate on the ailment is being valued.


Franco Morbidelli will be out at the Dutch GP this coming weekend due to a left knee ailment, an injury that has dragged on since the beginning of the year. According to his team, Petronas, it is time to assess whether the Italian driver needs surgery: "The injury is significant enough for Franco to skip this weekend's event and he is undergoing a medical evaluation to determine the best course. Action for Recovery ".

Valentino Rossi's partner on the Yamaha 'satellite' thus ends the first part of the season. The competition after Assen does not return until August 8 with the first of the dates in Spielberg, so Morbidelli has a month and a half to return in the best conditions to the second half of the championship.

His replacement at the Assen event will be the American Garrett Gerloff, rider of the private Superbike GRT Yamaha team, with whom he has taken four podiums this year and a penalty for irresponsible driving. The American was already in the structure of Petronas last season, replacing Valentino Rossi in the free practice of the European GP in Valencia, waiting for the Italian to present a negative PCR to compete after having passed the coronavirus.

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